Upcoming events

    • 05 Feb 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EST)
    • Virtual

    Academy Certified Resume Writer (ACRW)
    Spring 2018 Training Program

    You want to be confident that every resume you write will win clients interviews. You want to be confident in answering their concerns about the resume strategy that will work best for them ... to be the expert who stands out from the sea of resume advice.

    You want the confidence to charge what you are worth for the work you do.

    You want to be the expert your career services office needs to teach resume development for better job placement.

    Training alone won't give you the transformation you desire.

    Of course you would like to know the best practices in writing, strategy, design, and handling challenging resume situations. Resume Writing Academy has been teaching these concepts longer than anyone in the business.

    But what you really need is someone to take you under their wing and give you feedback on your work so you can take your writing to the next level.

    RWAs certification programs are the only ones in the industry that provide English language, formatting, and writing assignments -- each carefully crafted to test your command of strategy, design, and writing.

    A team of experienced writers and trainers give you personalized feedback on every assignment, are available for your questions one-on-one, hold regular office hours to help you with class and client assignments, and continue this support after your graduation.

    PLUS -- no membership is required and certification is built into the program. You'll work hard to create each assignment, rewrite a few assignments, and earn your certification at the end -- no test to take or separate fee to pay.


    What Does the ACRW Program Involve?

    • 5 webclasses on resume strategy, resume writing, content development, cover letter writing, formatting, grammar, keyword and ATS optimization, and more
    • 4 homework assignments with individualized feedback to hone your skills
    • 3 additional resume and letter writing projects with feedback

    What is the Live Webclass Schedule?

    The group webclass starts February 5, 2018, from Noon to 1:30 pm Eastern. 

    • All classes are recorded so students can listen later. 
    • Homework for each class is due before class the next week to keep you on track. Need more flexibility? Check out our self-paced program.
    • Class 1: February 5, Great Resume Writing Strategies & Techniques
    • Class 2: February 12, English Language & Grammar for Resume Writers
    • Class 3: February 19, Resume Design & Formatting for Human Readers & ATS
    • Class 4: February 26, Resume Writing: Section by Section
    • Class 5: March 5, Cover Letters, E-Notes & Best Practices in Resume Writing (Asking Great Questions, Writing Efficiency)


    What Do You Get With RWA?

    • Hundreds of pages of handouts and samples of resumes, cover letters, e-notes, LinkedIn profiles, and more
    • 100-page resume e-book
    • 50-page cover letter e-book
    • 5 videos demonstrating best-in-class formatting and presentation techniques
    • Discounts on other training programs and events sponsored by RWA and CTL

    Most notably, we offer our graduates a diverse range of writing opportunities that come our way.

    • Subcontract writing positions with other resume companies — a great way to gain additional experience while making money(!). These projects generally pay between $100 to $400 per resume.
    • An opportunity to join the RWA Guild; reserved exclusively for the top graduates of RWA, the Guild often pays extremely well. Can you be one of those top graduates? We're always looking for the very best talent for the Guild.
    • Opportunities for publishing, speaking, job fairs, and other projects – some with compensation and some for building your professional visibility and credibility.

    NOTE: We do not guarantee employment but will continually provide you with leads from resume companies, outplacement firms, and others who need great resume writers TODAY!


    • 13 Feb 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Virtual

    The only personal branding program used in 40 countries with thousands of clients.

    Personal branding isn't the flavor of the month. It is a transformational process entrepreneurs, small business owners, executives, professionals, and job seekers use to find authenticity and identify the branded value that makes them more influential, indispensable, and incredibly happy at work.

    For your clients, personal branding is the future of career management -- a proactive solution for their long-term career success.

    Personal branding launches your career -- boosting your confidence in knowing you are doing the best for your client, taking the right steps and not having to make it up as you go

    After the CPBS program, you'll sound and feel like an expert -- exiting the spiral of constantly hunting new clients at a low price point because you lack a long-term value proposition that connects with and converts your ideal clients.

    In the Certified Personal Brand Strategist program, you will learn the Reach Personal Branding methodology – a comprehensive, three-step process for uncovering, communicating, and nurturing your personal brand.

    You'll walk away ready to:

    • More confidently engage clients and consistently surpass client expectations
    • Articulate a unique value proposition to stand out in the crowded coach market
    • Produce replicable results and systemize client interaction with done-for-you workbooks
    • Attract more ideal clients and make more money with a turn-key personal branding business

    NEW** We've simplified the certification process and added more value throughout the year. In addition to the Certified Personal Brand Strategist class, you get the following bonuses. 

    BONUS #1
    Savings. When you join on or before January 29, 2018, you receive $500.00 in early-bird savings -- and more!

    BONUS #2
    Social Branding Analyst Certification (normally $797.00). Your clients first impression is digital – 90% of recruiters use social media and 80% of people research online before buying from a company. Become the guide your clients need to build a consistent online presence.

    BONUS #3
    360Reach Analyst Certification. As part of your Personal Branding Certification, you become certified to use 360Reach  the personal branding survey that has been used by over a million people. It's fun! It's innovative! And it’s actionable!

    You receive 3 certifications -- normally $3,794 -- for as little as $2,497, a savings of up to 34%!

    ICF Coaches Only:  When you complete the requirements for all 3 certifications (and attend all sessions live), you'll receive 18 ICF CCEs!

    Have questions? You can set up a time to talk one-on-one with an instructor using this link.

    WHAT YOU RECEIVE ... 3 certification courses for the price of 2!
    #1  360Reach Certified Analyst Certification training (Value $497)
    #2  Certified Personal Brand Strategist training (Value $2997)
    #3  Social Branding Analyst Certification training (Value $797)

    CPBS certification requires annual re-certification. The annual re-certification fee of $397 includes special training, access to the latest industry updates, resources, and other tools to use with your clients, PLUS annual updates and recertification for the Certified Social Branding Analyst..

    Starts February 13, 2017, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Eastern-US-New York City Time
    This course requires pre-work to be completed prior to the first live session. It includes eleven (11), one-hour live webinar sessions. Live attendance is required to receive ICF CCEs. This course is approved for 11 ICF CCEs. Two (2) required Learning Confirmations (quizzes) must be completed by no later than Tuesday, March 20, 2018 (for 360Reach) and Tuesday, May 8, 2018 (for CPBS).

    • Facilitator: Susan Chritton, a Reach-Certified Personal Branding Master Strategist.
    • Early Registration closes Monday, January 29, 2018.
    • Course begins on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 (complete pre-work/no class that day).
    • First live webinar on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.

    Click here to see full program details

    Save $500 with Early Registration Until Monday, January 29, 2018

    Early General Registration:
    gle Payment: $2497.00 USD
    Multi-Payment: 3 Payments of $882.33 USD (billed every 30 days after 1st payment)

    Early CTL Associate Registration:
    Single Payment: $2250.00 USD
    Multi-Payment: 3 Payments of $800 USD (billed every 30 days after 1st payment)

    Early ACRW/ACPW Registration:
    Single Payment: $2250.00 USD
    Multi-Payment: 3 Payments of $800 USD (billed every 30 days after 1st payment)

    Early 360Reach Analyst Registration:
    Single Payment: $1997.00 USD
    Multi-Payment: 3 Payments of $715.67 USD (billed every 30 days after 1st payment)

    A late fee of $75.00 USD will be added to registration costs after regular registration closes. Registration is not guaranteed and will be granted based on availability. Contact support@careerthoughtleaders.com for assistance.

    • 01 May 2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • Paseo Del Prado, 48, Madrid, Spain

    Thrive: Helping Careerists Navigate a Global, Virtual & Gig Workforce

    May 1 to 3, 2018

    NH Nacional 
    Paseo Del Prado, 48, Madrid, Spain

    Career Thought Leaders and Resume Writing Academy is going abroad for three days of connecting, learning, and exceptional value.

    The 2018 conference will be a true international experience, with attendees joining from across the U.S., Europe, Australia, South America, and beyond.

    Tuesday, May 1
    Workshops on this day will go in depth into coaching and business development topics. There will be 4 sessions offered, 3.5 hours each, and as a full conference attendee you will choose 2. NOTE: Mini-conference registration does not include these sessions.

    Wednesday, May 2 & Thursday, May 3
    Get practical tools, tips, and resources you can use to help clients navigate the dynamic international workplace. Topics include job search, career coaching, personal branding, leadership coaching, and more! See the agenda here.

    Learn More & Register

    Hotel Information

    The event will take place at the NH Nacional. Rooms are available at for a discounted rate of $165 per night, which includes breakfast.

    See more hotel information here.

    Evening Events

    Conference attendees and their families are welcome to join our evening events, including an evening reception at the hotel Monday night; dinner and traditional Spanish entertainment on Tuesday evening; and for group dinners on Wednesday evening.

    See more information about Madrid attractions here.

    Event cancellations received more than 60 days prior to the event will be refunded in full minus a $75.00 cancellation fee. Those received 30-59 days prior to the event year will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be issued for no shows or cancellations received 29 or fewer days before the event.

Past events

16 Jan 2018 Personal Branding Update with Susan Chritton & Marie Zimenoff
31 Dec 2017 End-of-Year Sale on Top-Selling Programs
01 Dec 2017 Career Jam: Where Experts Forecast the New & the Next
17 Nov 2017 Resume & Profile E-Summit: References, Recommendations & Testimonials
23 Oct 2017 Certified Social Branding Analyst
12 Oct 2017 Certified Hidden Job Market Coach Program
15 Sep 2017 Academy Certified Resume Writer Fall Group Webclass
08 Sep 2017 Master Class: How to Write Branded Resumes & Profiles
03 Aug 2017 Academy Certified Profile Writer Group Webclass
19 Jul 2017 Writing Mastery Open Call: Social Media Profile Best Practices
19 Jun 2017 Grow Your Business Week
18 May 2017 Academy Certified Resume Writer Group Webclass
03 May 2017 Writing Mastery Open Call: Resume & Profile Design Best Practices
19 Apr 2017 2017 Career Thought Leaders Conference
18 Apr 2017 2017 Professional Development Institutes at the CTL Conference
13 Mar 2017 CTL Associate Call: Un-Retirement
20 Jan 2017 Resume & Profile E-Summit: Formatting Modern Resumes: Strategy & Distinctive Design to Win Interviews
11 Jan 2017 Writing Mastery Open Call: How to Write Tight
22 Nov 2016 Resume & Profile E-Summit: Expanding Your Horizons: Writing for International Audiences
30 Sep 2016 Academy Certified Resume Writer Group Webclass
16 Sep 2016 Resume & Profile E-Summit: Writing for Career Change Success
09 Sep 2016 Resume & Profile Writing Certifications: Learn More Live
13 May 2016 Resume & Profile E-Summit: Making Mid-Level Managers Shine


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